Support David As He Recovers!

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My name is Ashley and I am David Palmer's sister. As most of you know, David was attacked during the Charlotte Riots on Wednesday night (September 21st). He had gotten separated from the group as things started to get serious and in his efforts to get back home he was jumped by 10 men that were attacking multiple victums and looting serveral businesses around the Epicentre. They stole his phone and caused bodily injuries, not to mention the mental toll that it has taken. This is David's first year as a civilian after serving 7 years in the United States Army and also serving oversea's. Not knowing how to adjust, he got a job as a barback at a local bar making quick cash until he starts school in the Spring. Needless to say, he is out of work and won't be able to make money to pay his monthly bills for awhile. He has been to 3 different doctors and will be undergoing surgery on Monday. He has a fractued eye socket and multiple broken bones in his face. The specialists told us to imagine dropping a dinner plate from above your head..."that's what the inside of your face looks like right now." If anyone can donate to help David out as he recovers from surgery and gets back on his feet it would be greatly appreciated. All of the calls, texts, and messages have meant so much. My little brother is my rock and seeing him go through such an awful situation is heart breaking. I knew I couldn't protect him while he was in Afghanistan, but never did I worry about our own streets. If I could cover everything myself I would, but now we have to reach out to you guys. I thank you in advance for your love and support, and David and our family does as well! Thank you Thank you, and much love!!
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Recently David and I held a press release for local news stations in Charlotte. It was an opportunity for him to say thank you to the community and talk about moving forward. Here is his press release that David read that morning. Thank you for everyones support and prayers. We hope you have a blessed holiday season.

From David:
"If 3 months ago someone told me I would witness my City torn apart by riots, assaults, burglary and violent crime I would not have believed you. If 3 months ago someone told me I would be the victim of a terrible assault in center city charlotte that left me seriously injured I would not have believed you. Following seven remarkable years serving our country in the US Army, I came to Charlotte, joined my sister Ashley and found work as I transitioned out of the Armed Forces.
Sept 21st should have been a routine day after work as we made dinner plans in center city, like we always do. Unfortunately, the night did not end like it usually does, dinner with family and friends. While, I do not wish to share details of that horrific night…I wish to take this opportunity to say to Charlotte; Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. The assault on me resulted in severe injuries ranging from a fractured eye socket, broken nose and multiple shattered facial bones. Though seriously hurt, I was able to escape from the attack, make it home to seek help…unfortunately, others that long night were not so lucky. The physical toll is being repaired however the mental toll will take some time. For my family and me it is time to move on; time to move forward.
Although I was a new comer to Charlotte, I was completely taken aback at what was occurring. Never did my sister or I think that we would see the very place that we work, eat, and entertain come under attack.
Charlotte, I am grateful to see has pulled together, become stronger and will be better than ever.
Charlotte, I want to say a tremendous thank you to all of the support, encouragement and well wishes that my family and I have received since the attack.
A simple thank you does not seem to be enough. However, we remain truly grateful for everyone in the community and beyond that shared their sincere support. And support they did.
WOW, the monetary donations, words of encouragement and prayers generated by the valuable GoFundMe page that my sister and I started was remarkable. Again, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.
The most amazing and humbling thing for us, was not only the outpour of love and support from the Charlotte community… It was the support from around the world!
We received donations, messages, and prayers that came from across the United States, Europe and even Japan. Everyone has been absolutely amazing and I thank God every day to have the support that I do. I feel extremely blessed to have received care and encouragement from people I haven’t even met before! Again, Thank You.
As a civil servant I want to take a moment to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Our CMPD along with Charlotte Fire Dept, NC National Guard and all 1st responders found themselves serving under difficult and dangerous conditions.
I think I can speak for many, as we say thank you to all of the men and women serving that evening and the long days that followed. Your willingness to protect our citizens, the visitors and our city did not go unnoticed. I know it is not easy, but is a job that must be done. Your service is appreciated. We are forever grateful.
In closing, while I am no longer reside in this fine city, I remain grateful for the support you have given my family and I. The various surgeries to repair the physical wounds took place in Winston-Salem where my doctors and nearby family are located. With family is where I move on, recover from the wounds, and go forward with my life. While that dreadful night will not be forgotten, the love and the strength we have all gained from it will trump any fear or anger that stemmed from that night.
Charlotte, stay strong, stay positive, and keep fighting together! Again, thank you for everything!!

-David Palmer and Family
Thank You for everyones support!
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All,

David had a very successful surgery yesterday afternoon at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. He is now out of the hospital and recovering/resting/beginning the healing process all over again. Thankfully, they ended up only having to insert 3 titanium plates. One along his eye socket, one in place of the cheek bone, and another alongside his nose. THANK YOU FOR LIFTING HIM UP IN PRAYER AND LOVE! The surgeons hands were guided and David is well on his way. Again, we thank everyone for their continued support and generosity. David gave me permission this morning (in and out of his slumber) to add his post op photo. Of course, it's not a state I like seeing my brother in, but knowing he is fixed up inside and will be able to heal and move forward is reassuring. Continued prayers for his smooth healing and current pain after his surgery are much appreciated. You are truly an amazing community! Our hearts are so full. Much Love, David Palmers Family.
David in recovery yesterday afternoon.
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Hello Everyone,

Sorry for all the updates but I want to keep everyone informed about Davids surgery. David met with his surgeons today and his surgery will be pushed to tomorrow. He will be getting 5 titanium plates put in the left side of his face to reconstruct the broken bones and his broken nose. It's a 3 hour procedure. He will be unable to eat solid foods for about 6 weeks. He wanted me to thank everyone for their prayers, support, and generosity. We will send out another update tomorrow once he's out of surgery.
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Waking up this morning I am completely in awe of our communities support. I know in churches far and wide David was lifted up for his surgery tomorrow. I pray everyone also continues to pray for Mitchell Barnes. The other gentleman attacked that same evening. I will keep everyone posted after Davids surgery tomorrow. It's amazing how much support and love has been shown from fellow military brothers, to people still overseas at this very moment, to people and families we've never even met and old grade school friends! Our family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts for reaching out. We hope everyone has a great Sunday and takes a moment in their own lives to hug the ones you love, and praise God for our many blessings. Your prayers are being heard and David is feeling the love!
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Robin Shea
17 months ago

And another program that can help with medical bills for crime victims is the NC Crime Victim Compensation Program. They pay for any out-of-pocket medical costs for victims of crime, including counseling. They also can cover lost income that occurred due to the injuries. They pay up to $30K, I believe. I'd be glad to provide more information, or you can even contact the District Attorney's office in your county and ask to speak to an advocate about it. Kelley can put us in touch if you need more information. I'm so sorry this happened to you.

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Steve Faulkner
17 months ago

There is nothing fake about this happening. I work in Law Enforcement and was working the night this happened. It was senseless, unprovoked and uncalled for. http://www.wcnc.com/news/crime/cmpd-looking-for-attack-victim-suspects/326283142

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Andrea Mills
17 months ago

North Carolina Crime Victims Compensation Services 1-800-826-6200/(919) 733-7974 North Carolina Victim Assistance Network 1-800-348-5068 or (919) 831-2857

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Bryan Colby Hamilton
17 months ago

This cause is most definitely NOT a scam. I served with Palmer at Fort Stewart. It is every bit true.

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Dave Monroe
17 months ago

No amount of money can describe how much we hope the best for you Palmer. It's an awful that bad things happen to good people. You will be in everyone's prayers. Keep your chin up man. As grim as it may seem right now, it can only get better bud. I'm more than positive that your sister will keep us posted on progress. Love you man. -Dave

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Aaron Neeley
17 months ago

He should take up a class action law suit against the BLM clan as well as the mayor of Charlotte and the police force. When the identities of these cowards comes out he should both press extreme charges and sue them for everything they have or ever would have. My heart goes out to this young man. Thank you for your service sir. I only wish I were there with you at the time of this horrible tragedy

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Adrienne Lawson
17 months ago
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The observer didn't remove the article, it is still there. If some people would read other comments and look up this story you would see that it is true and not a scam. The observer posted info in its original article before finding out the facts on it first or not. And have since fixed their mistake and took responsibility for the flash statements they first made. Understand more than one person was beaten that night and David is one of the men that were randomly attacked that night by so call protesters( rioters). So stop saying this is a scam and move on. Let his family and others get the help that they need.

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James Stanley
17 months ago
8
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Thank GOD he has coverage at the VA hospital. I hope someone is getting his disability claim started. They have great social workers that will help get things started. I pray healing both mentally and physically for this man. I can't imagine how hard this is on him. God's blessings to him!!!

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Jasmine Monique
17 months ago
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For the people saying this is a scam/ fraud. I will pray for y'all! This is a good friend of mine and this did happen to him! This is not fraudulent at all!!! If something like this happened to you or your family you would like respect so we ask for the same!!

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Keri Lynne Niersmann
17 months ago
6
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Sarah A. Yoder you should feel ashamed of yourself. The Observer had confused two different videos. http://www.fox46charlotte.com/news/local-news/208882438-story

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J.d. Hunter
17 months ago
5
5

Here's the link from the Charlotte Observer for the idiot's trying to call this a scam. Get well soon brother. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/special-reports/charlotte-shooting-protests/article105105896.html

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Michaela Jancsy
17 months ago
5
5

I am so sorry and infuriated reading this. My husband and my father retired from the army along with my brothers. I look at his picture and I see my men. I will be making a donation first thing when I get paid in the meantime if you could pm me myself and my husband would love to also mail a card and put together a care package for him. The army is a strong community and my husband considers him a brother and would like to reach out. My husband also had a difficult time transitioning to civilian life and could offer him someone to talk to long term

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Kelly Butler Gossett
17 months ago
5
5

For all commenting on the VA. He has to be enrolled in VA care and they will cover his medical at a VA medical center. There is no 5 year limit- its lifetime. However, that still doesn't cover his living expenses.

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Angel Rodriguez
17 months ago
5
5

Please do not donate to this page!!!!!! It is fake and this was not the real victim!!!! Spread the word and do not become a victim yourself of this scam.

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Sarah A. Yoder
17 months ago
5
5

THIS IS A SCAM -I know for a fact this was not the guy beaten in the video. Stop donating to these frauds unless you want your money to go to waste

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Sheri Masters Salton
17 months ago
4
4

First and foremost know that my family and I are praying for this man and his attempt to return to normalcy. You should know that a City employees down played what happened in Charlotte on Facebook and if you pursue a lawsuit against the city for covering up the crimes committed and down playing the riots and destruction I have something that may be of use to your case. God bless and stay safe.

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Dick Woodcox
17 months ago
4
4

Seeing lots of people getting mad about this being a "scam." Let me tell you, whether it is or not, this dude deserves the money. I haven't seen him since we were in Airborne school together in 2010, and if this had happened and he didn't have a family to help I'd be on a plane to NC.

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Wendy McGuire
17 months ago
4
4

You may want to hide your Facebook profile. I gave money then went to research when I saw people saying it was a scam. Yes it does seem he was attacked but even you posted on your fb on September 21 that he was just a little beaten and bruised. No mention of hospital visit or anything. I'm grateful for his service to this country as for this fundraising it has once again shown true colors I wish I could unsee.

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Tricia Stoakes-Pagel
17 months ago
4
4

This is not a scam, there's obviously some other reason the Observer removed the story but only they can answer as to why. Anyone who knows how to research can easily verify whether its authentic, it is.

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Jamie Val
17 months ago
4
4

The story by the observer has been removed. I'm not calling it a scam, just saying to be careful.

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JJ
$25
Jim Kerns Jr
10 months ago

Thank you for your service to our country. Wishing you all the best.

SC
$100
Smelly Cat Coffee
12 months ago

We are sorry this happened. Thank you for serving our country. We wish a quick recovery.

$20
Anonymous
12 months ago
$50
Anonymous
14 months ago
SC
$5
Sean Cary
15 months ago
1
1

You deserve so much more than this after standing for our country, brother. Thank you for your service and I hope you are able to recover fully.

MF
$25
Margaret Furry
15 months ago

Praying for your recovery. Thank you for serving our country.

KW
$20
Kim Wanke
15 months ago

Wishing you all the best in recovering from this senseless violence. Thank you for your service.

PR
$100
PHILLIP REED
15 months ago

Get well soon. Hope this helps you.

Robin Shea
17 months ago

And another program that can help with medical bills for crime victims is the NC Crime Victim Compensation Program. They pay for any out-of-pocket medical costs for victims of crime, including counseling. They also can cover lost income that occurred due to the injuries. They pay up to $30K, I believe. I'd be glad to provide more information, or you can even contact the District Attorney's office in your county and ask to speak to an advocate about it. Kelley can put us in touch if you need more information. I'm so sorry this happened to you.

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Steve Faulkner
17 months ago

There is nothing fake about this happening. I work in Law Enforcement and was working the night this happened. It was senseless, unprovoked and uncalled for. http://www.wcnc.com/news/crime/cmpd-looking-for-attack-victim-suspects/326283142

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Andrea Mills
17 months ago

North Carolina Crime Victims Compensation Services 1-800-826-6200/(919) 733-7974 North Carolina Victim Assistance Network 1-800-348-5068 or (919) 831-2857

+ Read More
Bryan Colby Hamilton
17 months ago

This cause is most definitely NOT a scam. I served with Palmer at Fort Stewart. It is every bit true.

+ Read More
Dave Monroe
17 months ago

No amount of money can describe how much we hope the best for you Palmer. It's an awful that bad things happen to good people. You will be in everyone's prayers. Keep your chin up man. As grim as it may seem right now, it can only get better bud. I'm more than positive that your sister will keep us posted on progress. Love you man. -Dave

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Aaron Neeley
17 months ago

He should take up a class action law suit against the BLM clan as well as the mayor of Charlotte and the police force. When the identities of these cowards comes out he should both press extreme charges and sue them for everything they have or ever would have. My heart goes out to this young man. Thank you for your service sir. I only wish I were there with you at the time of this horrible tragedy

+ Read More
Adrienne Lawson
17 months ago
8
8

The observer didn't remove the article, it is still there. If some people would read other comments and look up this story you would see that it is true and not a scam. The observer posted info in its original article before finding out the facts on it first or not. And have since fixed their mistake and took responsibility for the flash statements they first made. Understand more than one person was beaten that night and David is one of the men that were randomly attacked that night by so call protesters( rioters). So stop saying this is a scam and move on. Let his family and others get the help that they need.

+ Read More
James Stanley
17 months ago
8
8

Thank GOD he has coverage at the VA hospital. I hope someone is getting his disability claim started. They have great social workers that will help get things started. I pray healing both mentally and physically for this man. I can't imagine how hard this is on him. God's blessings to him!!!

+ Read More
Jasmine Monique
17 months ago
6
6

For the people saying this is a scam/ fraud. I will pray for y'all! This is a good friend of mine and this did happen to him! This is not fraudulent at all!!! If something like this happened to you or your family you would like respect so we ask for the same!!

+ Read More
Keri Lynne Niersmann
17 months ago
6
6

Sarah A. Yoder you should feel ashamed of yourself. The Observer had confused two different videos. http://www.fox46charlotte.com/news/local-news/208882438-story

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J.d. Hunter
17 months ago
5
5

Here's the link from the Charlotte Observer for the idiot's trying to call this a scam. Get well soon brother. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/special-reports/charlotte-shooting-protests/article105105896.html

+ Read More
Michaela Jancsy
17 months ago
5
5

I am so sorry and infuriated reading this. My husband and my father retired from the army along with my brothers. I look at his picture and I see my men. I will be making a donation first thing when I get paid in the meantime if you could pm me myself and my husband would love to also mail a card and put together a care package for him. The army is a strong community and my husband considers him a brother and would like to reach out. My husband also had a difficult time transitioning to civilian life and could offer him someone to talk to long term

+ Read More
Kelly Butler Gossett
17 months ago
5
5

For all commenting on the VA. He has to be enrolled in VA care and they will cover his medical at a VA medical center. There is no 5 year limit- its lifetime. However, that still doesn't cover his living expenses.

+ Read More
Angel Rodriguez
17 months ago
5
5

Please do not donate to this page!!!!!! It is fake and this was not the real victim!!!! Spread the word and do not become a victim yourself of this scam.

+ Read More
Sarah A. Yoder
17 months ago
5
5

THIS IS A SCAM -I know for a fact this was not the guy beaten in the video. Stop donating to these frauds unless you want your money to go to waste

+ Read More
Sheri Masters Salton
17 months ago
4
4

First and foremost know that my family and I are praying for this man and his attempt to return to normalcy. You should know that a City employees down played what happened in Charlotte on Facebook and if you pursue a lawsuit against the city for covering up the crimes committed and down playing the riots and destruction I have something that may be of use to your case. God bless and stay safe.

+ Read More
Dick Woodcox
17 months ago
4
4

Seeing lots of people getting mad about this being a "scam." Let me tell you, whether it is or not, this dude deserves the money. I haven't seen him since we were in Airborne school together in 2010, and if this had happened and he didn't have a family to help I'd be on a plane to NC.

+ Read More
Wendy McGuire
17 months ago
4
4

You may want to hide your Facebook profile. I gave money then went to research when I saw people saying it was a scam. Yes it does seem he was attacked but even you posted on your fb on September 21 that he was just a little beaten and bruised. No mention of hospital visit or anything. I'm grateful for his service to this country as for this fundraising it has once again shown true colors I wish I could unsee.

+ Read More
Tricia Stoakes-Pagel
17 months ago
4
4

This is not a scam, there's obviously some other reason the Observer removed the story but only they can answer as to why. Anyone who knows how to research can easily verify whether its authentic, it is.

+ Read More
Jamie Val
17 months ago
4
4

The story by the observer has been removed. I'm not calling it a scam, just saying to be careful.

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